13 days in China Itinerary

13 days in China Itinerary

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Guilin
— 3 nights
2
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
3
Chengdu
— 2 nights
4
Lijiang
— 2 nights
5
Chongqing
— 3 nights

3
nights
Guilin

Guilin ©
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Guilin: Yangshuo County (Xiangui Bridge, Yulong River, &more). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), take in the dramatic natural features at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan), and admire the striking features of Daxu Old Town.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Guilin trip itinerary maker.

Tokyo, Japan to Guilin is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°C in Guilin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Guilin

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Yangshuo County
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Yulong River ©
Yulong River
West Street ©
West Street

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Xibu Street and then appreciate the views at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zhangjiajie day trip planning website.

You can fly from Guilin to Zhangjiajie in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park

2
nights
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
On the 27th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Jinli Pedestrian Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kuanzhai Alley, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi). On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), then don't miss a visit to Tianfu Square, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Qingcheng.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chengdu sightseeing website.

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Chengdu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Kuanzhai Alley ©
Kuanzhai Alley

2
nights
Lijiang

Lijiang
The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
On the 29th (Sun), make a trip to Mufu Palace, steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Moon Valley. On your second day here, gain insight at Mandarin Garden Lijiang Center, admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

For reviews and more tourist information, read Lijiang online attractions planner.

You can fly from Chengdu to Lijiang in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park

3
nights
Chongqing

Chongqing ©
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II.
Chongqing is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Three Gorges Museum, admire the striking features of Ciqikou (Porcelain Port), witness a stunning natural landmark at Haitang Xiaoyue Hot Springs, and Head underground at Hongya Cave.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chongqing trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Lijiang to Chongqing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Chongqing are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Chongqing

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Hongya Cave ©
Hongya Cave
Three Gorges Museum ©
Three Gorges Museum
Ciqikou (Porcelain Port) ©
Ciqikou (Porcelain Port)

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